The Norton Lodge

4594674251_235x249I was in Louth on Friday to open the Norton Lodge at my old school, the King Edward VI Grammar School.  The Lodge is the sixth-form centre, including a cafe (pictured), study areas, and higher education advice centre.  It occupies an old science building and has been superbly redesigned.  I cut a ribbon to open the building and unveiled a plaque. 

In making a short speech, I said it was a particular honour, given that it was in Louth and given that the school boasted a distinguished array of Old Ludensians after whom it could have been named: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Captain John Smith (whose life was allegedly saved by Pocahontas), Edward Eyre (explorer of Australia, after whom Lake Eyre, among other things, is named), Sir John Franklin (the explorer who sought the North-West passage) to name but a few.  I did, though, recognise that I had an advantage over some of these in that I did enjoy my time at the school (Tennyson was a pupil under a headmaster with a reputation for being a keen flogger) and I had an advantage over all of them in that I was actually available to open the building.  I was delighted to do so.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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4 Responses to The Norton Lodge

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Very nice honour, and you have written a very nice piece about it. Quite a fascinating collection of people from Louth. John Smith and Marco Polo have not so very much in common but for this, in the nineteenth century it amused a number of scholars to do as there contemporaries had done at their time and to ridicule many of the stories of their travels. Many of the stories which were used as points of ridicule by contemporaries and nineteenth century scholars later were shown by independent investigation to be entirely factual.

  2. I trust they serve a very good cup of tea there

  3. maude elwes says:

    As Grammar schools have well looked after and educated so many in Parliament, including you, why the reluctance to fight tooth and nail for the return of such high expectations. Don’t blame the opposing bunch, Gove could push that through right now if he had a mind to. And the draw for votes would more than double. So, what is the problem? Competiion is expected on the playing fields for athletes and they are selected for their ability, why the discrimination against the academically bright? Comprehensives are not worth the cost to keep them going. And you all know it.

    So why are people like you not ganging up on those who don’t want to teach to a level that is worthy of this country? That attitude is simply unfit for purpose.

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